Earlier in calendar year 2015, the RMIPA engaged the services of LYON Associates and their sub-consultant, Sea Engineering, to performed a complete underwater inspection of both the Uliga and Delap Docks on Majuro Atoll. This inspection included a visual inspection, a removal of growth at the waterline, mid-depth, and mudline at 100-ft intervals along the length of the dock, and ultra sound thickness and cathodic protection tests for the entire length of both docks. In addition to the underwater inspection, LYON performed an above water inspection of the concrete decking and appurtances along the Uliga and Delap Docks.
The results of the inspections identified various deficiencies along the dock face (at and below the waterline) as well as the top of the dock structure. Here are a couple of some of the underwater deficiencies or damages.
The RMIPA will soon issue a tendering notice for the repairs of the docks. “It is our intention to bid out the entire repair works as one package but with a phasing plan prioritizing each repair, from most to least urgent,” RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum said. The tendering approach should result in a possible reduction in overall repair costs.